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Have you ever wished that your phone's screen was the size of a theater? Do you hate looking normal in public? Do you hate being able to see any aspect of your surroundings? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, you need to re-evaluate your priorities. Seriously, go do that. If, after a good deal of self reflection, you're sticking to your guns, we've found a product that suits your misguided needs perfectly. This is the vrAse:


As you can see in the above image, it's the perfect mixture of gigantic, horrid-looking, and functionally awkward. It's similar in concept to the TV Hat but they've done you the service of adding more unnecessary complexity. It's like Google Glass for people who make horrible decisions. The vrAse has lenses so that apps utilizing side-by-side 3D will look incredible as soon as somebody decides that making them isn't a terrible idea. It's also perfect for looking like a crazy person as you use augmented-reality apps while walking around town. The ladies sure do love half-blind Cylons.

Seriously, how is it even remotely safe to be cycling and skateboarding with this thing strapped onto your face? I wonder how many fatalities resulted from the creation of that video.

Oh, and did I mention gaming? Your gaming experience will be so immersive that you'll think you've gone crazy.


Don't worry, though. You have gone crazy. You're using the vrAse, after all.

You can check out the full details of the vrAse on its Kickstarter page if you're just itching to find out more about "biggest revolution your smartphone has ever seen."

Source: Kickstarter

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I have a TV Hat on my closet. Haven't used it once. Looks almost exactly like this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      ...........why do you have a TV hat?

      • Michael Amaral

        Something tells me we don't want to know...

        • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

          oh we do, we so do.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Met them at CES. Swag is swag.

      • Rb

        dude it's weird not seeing the AP Staff badge after your name
        just sayin...

  • Memorion

    Am I the only one whose eyes really start to hurt if I try to focus on my smartphone while holding it this close to my face?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nope, pretty sure it's everyone.

      • Brad Ganley

        Yeah, I'm pretty sure my eyes would start bleeding if I wore this for any length of time.

        • Uchiha Itachi

          Mangekyō Sharingan

        • mechapathy

          I think they call that a bleeding retina display.

    • andy_o

      It must have lenses. The concept is not much different than a ViewMaster 3D on steroids. But in fact there's already a product like this, from Hasbro I think.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    ok first - my brain is finding it surprisingly difficult not to call it vrArse, second - after Android Police's antics yesterday - I'm unsure if this is real or is it Samsung again? Please for the love of god confirm it's not real? Currently sitting at £10k to strap a smartphone to your face, which funnily enough is exactly what Siri is advising people not to do....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This one seems real (I'm 99% sure).

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Could be quite a few entries for the Darwin Awards within the next year then.....

    • New_Guy

      Just think of the name as a cross between VR and face. Terrible, really.

  • MrAntisocialGuy

    I noticed at the bottom of their Kickstarter page that there is a button labeled "Report this project to Kickstarter". Is STUPID IDEA a valid reason for reporting it?!?!?!

    • senator

      you can report it for risk of damaging user eyes. :)

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    Anyone else notice BF3 and street fighter were shown as part of "immersive gaming"? As far as I know, the only technology that could achieve that on android is the Nvidia Shield. I smell some false advertising...

  • arathkone

    Maybe this is a companion device to the Smartcube.

  • cy_n_ic

    That last pic...

    • squiddy20

      ... reminds me of Marvin from HGttG

  • cy_n_ic

    Reminds me of spaceballs

    • 8Charlie

      Yeah, wish it looked more like this... :(

  • Guest

    What's more important: What's the song used in that clip?

  • missinginput

    This looks really interesting and yes it's a bit campy

    AR is going to take a lot of adjusting to as a society, as an emerging technology we're going to see all kinds of crazy stuff

    These seem cool with the BYOD idea and who hasn't wanted to watch a movie or read a book like that?

    • Primalxconvoy

      I've never wanted to do that. Ever.

  • dracos

    they already have 200 suckers lol

  • 8Charlie

    Was thinking of buying a TV hat, but now I don't know anymore. This might be better, but I'd like it more if it protruded more like a TV hat.

    Is it compatible with my new Smart Cube though? Heck, I'd like to able to wear the Smart Cube over my head on top it. The vrSmartArse Cube, lovely.

  • senator

    nope thanks, I don't want to damage my eyes looking at that distance.

    I checked their kickstarter page, no details on how they project image into eyes from the phone screen. so, unless they got certification from some health institutes, I dont want to risk my precious eyes.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Using this while using a bike/skateboard/whatever? Seems like the perfect way to kill yourself and make it look like an accident, and earn a Darwin award in the progress.

    This seems like they had the idea of the Oculus Rift, and instead found out that the Oculus rift already thought of that, and tried to make it original by using a smartphone.

    Like already said, this would be a wreck for your eyes too, with a tv/pc if you focus too much there still is an area around it, that isnt screen. Here it isnt and you are forcing your eyes on it because it is the only thing you see. Looking at my Smartphone screen for a long(er) period of time.under bad lightning hurts my eyes already, dont want to know what would happen when using this. My guess it isnt anything good.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    As a lady, I will totally vouch for this = "The ladies sure do love half-blind Cylons."

  • Samyak Ranjan

    What will happen if supposedly the S4 or whatever phone is inserted hangs? XD
    It probably will if the camera remains on for so long! :P
    And I haven't even mentioned the battery hogging of this thing of 1 day :p

    It might be good for some things but most definitely NOT skateboarding. Unless of course you love hospitals and pain more than Real Life.

  • Leonardo Baez

    Look at the people reaction, even in their own video

    • Thomas Gladdines

      lol they changed the image on the description, they man is just lloking at his laptop now xD

  • loyalty888

    Way too many kickstarter related articles on here lately...

    • pickard

      Get lost. I'm glad to see them here.

  • bw

    Waiting for the iPad version. I hope it comes with neck/back insurance.

  • jeffmd

    uhmmm..well.. it seems to be a direct rip off of oculus rift, offering up most of the hardware features (side by side 3d, motion controls, completely copies housing) and NONE of the software. The device is simply being mis-appropriated for portable use.

  • GraveUypo

    goddamnit they totally stole that from my much more aptly named facebook accessory.

    lotr has never been so immersive before.

  • Forget_you

    these guys have to be trolling on kick starter. This can't be serious. Who would even wear that in public? That is just ridiculous.

  • davo77

    vrAse, makes you look like a vArse.

    • Primalxconvoy

      That's what I thought I saw when I first read the name. What a rather unfortunate choice of name.

  • Specter597

    Straight up Back to the Future 2 ... And just as lame.

  • Sean Lumly

    Are you all being serious? Corny marketing aside: can someone please explain to me how this hardware fundamentally differs in function and purpose than an Oculus Rift? I find it strange that this device is mocked for its "uselessness," assumed to be impractical due to the proximity of the screen in relation to ones eyes, and a "ridiculous" looking tool for one to use. Yet at a quick glance it is a SPITTING image of the Oculus Rift headset, a device that has been highly anticipated and loved by nearly all of the individuals that have used it.

    How exactly do the VRase and Oculus Rift different in form and/or function? What makes one a laughable dud and the other a sure-fire hit?

    They both are designed for virtual reality and 3D viewing. They both feature head tracking. They both feature mobile displays and likely 1080p screens (as is popular with smartphones these days).

    This has mobile hardware vs the much stronger PC hardware of the Rift -- which implies weaker graphics. It should be taken into account, though, that many if not most of the Oculus Rift demos to date have certainly been within the capability of modern mobile GPUs in terms of their complexity (eg. Tuscany, Epic Citidel, Quake 2/3, etc) and this has not diminished the experience -- people still rave about it.

    But there are some serious advantages that this has above the rift despite it's graphic handicap. First, it is *completely* wireless, offering the ability for free movement or turning without being confined to a set location or being entangled by cables. Second, it has additional sensors: for example the GPS radio in a mobile would actually be a pretty big deal for corrected walking VR (must watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL3J1EnnNOg). Third, it has a camera which opens the possibility of doing Augmented Reality with the headset -- something the Rift cannot do on its own. Fourth, it would be relatively cheap assuming that you already have a modern smartphone.

    I think this is a fantastic product. It joins Durovis's Dive has a mount that turns your mobile phone or phablet into a VR headset, and does so for around $50. On the hardware side, that's a win.

    • Green

      Beats me. Yes the video is silly with its rediculous AR abilities, however for solely watching movies it could be a fantastic device. People even watch movies in Oculus, but any recent phone has higher resolution and I assume lower fov, which should make it great for that purpose.

      It's falsely advertised, but the potential is mind blowing.

      I laughed at people on segways when they arrived but now I see them everywhere and have accepted them. People migh laugh at someone who uses this to watch a film on the airplane, but when they've seen enough people do it and realize how well it works they'll buy it themselves.

      • Sean Lumly


        It would be also interesting to be used as a theatre simulator rather than just a fixed screen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcAaFAIZwH0), and if this were the only feature, it would easily justify the cost and existence of such a mount for me. Of course, the device will do much, much more.

        And you're spot on: the potential is out of this world. Heck, even Palmer Lucky of Oculus VR has mentioned how important he thinks mobile will be, and that the company is moving in that direction.

        In regards to the FOV: have constructed a makeshift headmount for my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, and the FOV is very large (ie. I don't see black bars or screen edges). It really depends on the optics and the eye/lens proximity to the screen. In any event, it is fun to watch youtube videos of VR sessions and gives me a sense of being immersed as would be with the rift.

        I think that as the software comes available, devices like vrAse are a glove-fit for VR.